Perry Mason (1957–1966)
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The Case of the Lurid Letter 

On vacation, Perry decides to help Jane Wardman, who had been kind to him. She is a high school teacher and widow accused of inappropriate behavior with some of her senior students. With the whole town against her, only Perry believes her.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Della Street (credit only)
Paul Drake
Lt. Tragg (credit only)
Judge Edward Daley
Everett Rixby
Kaye Elhardt ...
Doris Wilson
Mrs. Cornelia Slater
John Durren ...
Pat Mangan
Bobby Slater (as Thomas Lowell)
Dr. Stephen Grant
Mark Murray ...
Terry Wardman
Sheriff Watson
Gus Wiler


While on a fishing vacation, Perry Mason decides to help high school teacher Jane Wardman, an attractive widow, with a young son, who has been accused of improper conduct with at least two of her senior students. Biker and bully, Pat Mangan, is her primary accuser but the head of the local school board, Judge Edward Daley, also received a poison pen letter about Jane's conduct. Mangan and his biker friends harass Jane, including surrounding her car on the rode causing her to crash. The Judge wants to ensure that there is a fair hearing on the accusations but the mood in the town is ugly with a group of parents visiting Jane's home and threatening her if she doesn't leave town. The Judge tries to keep the issue quiet by having Jane resign but she decides to fight. It's clear to Perry that something else is going on and that it relates to the death of another student some months before in another county. When the owner of a local bar is found murdered, the case takes on an entirely new ... Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery





Release Date:

6 December 1962 (USA)  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Adapted from the short story "The Man with Half a Face" by Hugh Pentecost; the only episode based on a literary work not written by Erle Stanley Gardner. See more »


A scene set at the Summit Inn shortly after midnight was obviously shot during the daytime. See more »


[first lines]
First Girl: I told him I already had a date with Bobby Slater.
Second Girl: What are you going to do if he finds out you really haven't?
First Girl: I'll just have to leave the country, that's all.
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A very unusual episode
21 November 2017 | by See all my reviews

This was a very unusual episode. For one thing, there are no actual courtroom scenes; a school board hearing takes the place of the court, so Perry is not actually acting as a defense attorney. Still, a murder does eventually take place (45 minutes into the episode!) and at the end a murderer does confess, so that all falls into line. This episode, however, feels a little bit like Rebel Without a Cause meets Harper Valley P.T.A. Plus there is no appearance of Della Street, but maybe that is just because Barbara Hale needed a vacation!

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